Blogging has become a great forum for people to get their voices heard. Whether it is personal, profession, or both, blogging is a resource that is effective in communicating with others. As educators, we need to set an example of good communicating by standing up and voicing our opinions. I think blogging is a good forum for students to put their opinion out when maybe otherwise they would not be so eager to give their opinion. Blogging has taken communication to a new level and I agree that is can be a useful tool in communicating with others.
Personal is just that; personal. People can get creative and achieve a sense of their own individual style while creating a blog site. Here is where individuals can stand strong for their beliefs or begin a discussion on a controversial issue. However, controversial issues could cause a problem. If used as a teaching moment, meaning an explanation of the affects words can have on someone, it allows them to be effective communicators. This is true because people will have to pay attention to the words they use and be responsible for what they put out into a public arena. A writer needs to be aware of how a reader could misinterpret what point is trying to be made, so they do not offend anyone. Unfortunately, this is a sticky situation since sometime people can interpret an attitude or a tone in your writings and there is not one. That is a chance you take when a blog can reach many people, you will not make everyone happy and there is a high chance of offending people.
I think blogging is a good tool for communicating and, more than likely will be implemented in schools and in a variety of careers. The school environment is a great place to introduce this technology to students and I believe it can be an effective form of communication. Let your blogging begin and your voice be heard, then be ready for the reaction you may get, positive or negative.